Love thy neighbor

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In his editorial on February 14 (“Love Thy Neighbor”), Colin Girgenti attempted to convince readers the Christians and Jews are just as violent as Muslims. Although one can refute his premise as altogether irrelevant, since examples he ushers in are over 1000 years old and we live in the 21st century, there is one point worth addressing. Girgenti states “according to Genesis, the Jews were told to exterminate all the Canaanites in order to claim a home for themselves in Israel. I cannot think of any similar ongoing violence…committed by Muslims.” First, the citation is in Deuteronomy, not Genesis. Second, Scripture records that the Canaanites were first given the choice of exile, living understructured (Noachide) laws. Finally, the first two centuries of Islam is replete with such violence. Islam spread by the sword. Judaism certainly did not.